Republic of Ireland Faculty

About us

The Faculty supports almost 700 members, Fellows and Associates across the Republic of Ireland.


Faculty Representatives

Faculty Officers

Dr Dermot Halpin (Provost and Chairman); Vacant (Hon. Treasurer); Dr Gertrude Ronan (Hon. Secretary).

Faculty Board

Dr Patrick O’Meara (Rep to ICGP Council); Dr Muiris Houston (Newsletter Editor); Dr. Eamonn Shanahan (Faculty Fellowship Lead, Deputy Rep. to ICGP Council and Rep. to Central Council); Dr. Joe Martin (Deputy Rep. to Central Council & Deputy Rep. to ICGP Council); Dr. Don Coffey; Dr Aidan Horan; Dr Paul Armstrong; Dr Mary Sheehan; Dr Seamus Clarke; Dr Stephen Patten and Mr Fionan O’Cuinneagain (Lay Rep).

Getting involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these.

If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.


Faculty News

Board meetings are held regularly throughout the year. If you would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us on the details below.


Faculty Events

The Faculty hosts their annual winter meeting on the first Friday in December each year. This event consists of a  lecture from a guest speaker, presentations and prize giving.

As well as the winter meeting the faculty also hosts a spring meeting in March and their AGM in May.


Faculty Initiatives

Awards and Prizes

RCGP Travel Bursary is open to either a current registrar with an Irish training scheme or a graduate of an Irish training scheme within 5 years of graduation.

Manne Berber Research Award

This biennial award will be made at the RCGP Winter Meeting on 5 December 2014 to a general practitioner, MICGP or MRCGP, working in general practice on the Island of Ireland, for original research or a completed audit.
The award will have the value of €1000 and the winner must undertake to present his/her work at the Winter Meeting.
Applications can be made until 5pm on Friday 17 October 2014 by submitting the manuscript of the research or audit to the Faculty Office.
Submissions in electronic form only to: Jill.brennan@rcgp.org.uk

  • The Winner of the 2012 Manne Berber Research Award was Dr. David Buckley 

Sheppard Memorial Prize

The Sheppard Memorial Prize is a biennial prize to the value of €1000 awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners in Ireland to a postgraduate for an original essay. The content of which can be on any subject pertaining to general practice in Ireland, past or present.
Word count to be minimum 1500 and maximum 3000. Original research can be included.
The closing date for submissions is 17.00, Friday 28 September 2014.

The Republic of Ireland Faculty aims to encourage Irish GPs to submit for RCGP awards e.g. the Boots Research Award. Please check the RCGP awards page for details.

Support Services

We offer continued support to our members through:

  • our mentoring scheme
  • orientation packs for GPs returning from abroad
  • Gay Doctors Ireland is an educational, supportive organisation centred on issues affecting LGBT persons in the medical community in Ireland

Further details available on the Gay Doctors Ireland Facebook page


Contact us

Faculty: RCGP Republic of Ireland Faculty

Telephone: 00353 01 613 6018

Email: jill.brennan@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Manager: Jill Brennan

A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed.

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